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November 2019 

 Hello All, 

The school year is racing by and we are already nearing our Thanksgiving break.  We’ve completed our initial rounds of NWEA MAP and DIBELS tests – thank you so much for your participation. 

We recently received the great news that Heritage Peak’s charter has been renewed by our authorizing district, Twin Rivers.  The renewal is good for 5 years and Twin Rivers will be working with us to make sure we continue to meet the needs of our students and the state’s expectations.  Test scores play a big role in this, so please continue to encourage your students to do their best in the CAASPP test in Spring and with our in-house assessments (MAP and DIBELS).  We also encourage all of our students in grades 3 – 11 to work on building their math and reading skills using our free online program, Exact Path.  This is a great resource for students to target those areas of learning right where they are.  In addition, students can earn a gift card to In-N-Out, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, or Chick-fil-A for every 2 trophies they earn in the program.  Please check with your teacher for all the details. 

 Our field trips for second semester have been set.  Field trips include Alliance Redwoods, iFly, the new Sacramento State Planetarium, and more!  You can view the field trips on the field trip website:  http://homeschoolguildfieldtrips.weebly.com/  Sign-ups begin this Friday, Nov. 22 at noon. 

We had our first park day of the year on October 25th at McKinley Park.  We had a great turnout and all there enjoyed the activities and meeting and talking with each other.  Our next park day will be Friday, November 22, 11:00am-2:00pm at McKinley. I hope to see you there! 

Best Wishes,

Nancy Bean – Homeschool Guild Site Leader 

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September 2019

Hello All,

We are off to another fun and interesting school year!

By now you have had your first meetings with your teacher, selected curriculum, planned classes and activities and maybe even completed the MAP test or DIBELS assessment.  Whew!  We know there is a lot to do at the beginning of each year and we appreciate your commitment to setting up a great school year for your student and cooperating with getting your teachers the paperwork they need.

Field trips in August and September included the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Crocker Art Museum and the Sacramento Speaker Series.  October field trips will include the Marine Science Institute, B Street Theatre: Sword in the Stone, Fog Willow Pumpkin Farm, and Sacramento Theater Company.  As a teacher and homeschool parent, field trips have always been one of my favorite parts of homeschooling – so great to take advantage of the school day to participate in some hands-on learning!  Please visit our website at homeschoolguildfieldtrips.weebly.com to see the details on the planned field trips.

Starting in October we will be bringing back our park days.  The plan this year is to offer a fun activity for the students as well as social interaction for students and parents.  We hope to create a community where our students and parents can meet each other, make friends, and support each other.  Watch your email for more details on specific dates and locations.

Best Wishes,

Nancy Bean

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March 2019

Hello All,

We are moving quickly through the second semester!

Field trips in January and February included the Exploratorium, the Mosquito Vector Control, the new Sea Quest Aquarium, and the Sacramento Speaker Series.  As always, it’s great to see our students out in the community, learning and enjoying themselves.

In early March a group of our students attended Environmental Education camp at Alliance Redwoods.  This program is so amazing as it encourages the kids to really get out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves.  Every day there is an opportunity for each student to challenge themselves in a way that is a stretch, but not overwhelming.  The students and staff all encourage each other and cheer each other on.  It’s a great experience for the kids and I hope that each of our students will give the camp a try during their time with us. The program is open to students in grades 4 through 8.

Another challenge opportunity for our students has been participating in Exact Path online learning. Participating students can complete lessons in Language Arts, Reading and Math according to their needs and abilities.  The goal is to fill in any gaps in each student’s learning, so they have all the skills they need to move forward in each subject area. The system rewards them with trophies for mastering concepts.  We love to see our kids mastering new concepts and building skills and confidence in every area.

Some upcoming important dates are Spring Break April 15-22 and the start of CAASPP testing right after that.  Be on the lookout for a letter from our testing department with all of the details.

I look forward to seeing you at a school event!

Best Wishes,

Nancy Bean

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December 2018

Hello All,

We are nearing the end of the first semester.  How time flies!

We have had a busy fall season with field trips including Disneyland, Sacramento Theatre Company, Monterey Bay Aquarium, B Street Theatre, Fog Willow Farm, and Safetyville.  We had a terrific park day and Parent Education Series focused on science in November.  Our Student Ambassadors put on a fun beginner coding activity.

It’s great to be able to connect with students and families at these group events.  Thanks to all who have been attending and I hope to see more of you out at future events.  The best part of my job is truly meeting and talking with students and families and hearing about all the great, unique learning experiences that you are having.  We have many wonderful families doing very interesting things within Guild!

I hope that everyone is able to enjoy some down time with family during our winter break.  Please let your teacher know about any vouchers or orders you will need for next semester.  Our last day of the semester is Thursday, December 20 and we will return from break on Monday, January 7.

We will have our monthly park day on Thursday, December 20 at Land Park 11:00am-2:00pm.  There will not be a Parent Education meeting or Student Ambassador activity this time, just visiting and playing with other students and families.

In the second semester we’ll jump back into learning.  Field trips in January will include the State Capitol, Sacramento Speakers Series and iFly.  To view all the field trips we have planned for spring semester, please visit Homeschool Guild Field Trips.  Some of the field trips are already full, but you can join the waitlist if you like.   Park day in January will be on Thursday, January 17 at Tanzanite Park in Natomas.  I hope to see some of you there!

Thank you for being part of Homeschool Guild!

-Nancy Bean

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September 2018

Hello All!

Our first month of school is complete and we are up and running! The beginning of the school year is always a busy and exciting time. We had a great turnout at our Brighter Child shopping event, as well as at our Not Back to School Day Vendor Fair and Park Day. Thank you to everyone who came out to those events. I sincerely hope you found them helpful.

We’ve had 4 group sessions for MAP testing that went well. It’s always great to see the students and we appreciate how hard they work on their tests. All students in grades 3 – 11 should be participating in MAP testing, so please check in with your child’s teacher if your child has not yet completed their tests. Something new this year is that the teachers will be administering a short literacy assessment to all K-2 students. They will do this soon at one of your regular meetings. The purpose is to support the young ones as they are building their pre-reading and reading skills that are essential to their success.

Some of the fun things we have coming up in September are our monthly park day on September 20, 11:00am-2:00pm at Stone Creek Park in Rancho Cordova and our first field trip of the year to the Sacramento Speaker Series on September 26th. Our park day will also be the first meeting in our Parent Education Series. The topic discussed will be math, including curriculum and making math fun with games. We will have a kids’ activity provided by our amazing Student Ambassadors as well. I hope that many of you will be able to attend, get some good information, meet some fellow Guild families, and have some fun.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks!

Nancy Bean – Principal HPCS Homeschool Guild

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Hello!

On behalf of all the staff at the Homeschool Guild I would like to welcome you all to the 2018-19 school year. To our returning families – we are so glad to have you back! To our new families – we can’t wait to meet you!

Homeschool Guild strives to meet each individual student’s learning needs while building a community of learners through field trips, park days, and parent education meetings. We hope to see you out at our events. Some of our field trips this year will include: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Disneyland, B Street Theatre, and Outdoor Education at Alliance Redwoods.

The first day of school is August 13. Our year will kick off with a new event on the 13th– the Vendor Fair and Not Back to School Park day at the Clunie Center/McKinley Park from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Come out and meet some of our amazing vendors in the Clunie Center, then meet some amazing families out at the park. Please bring your own food and drinks. Please find and like us on Facebook. Our page is “Homeschool Guild” where you’ll see all the latest updates.

You will be hearing from your teachers very soon, if you haven’t already, regarding beginning of the year meetings, paperwork and NWEA MAP testing.

Feel free to contact me directly at any point during the year with concerns and feedback, both positive and negative. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Nancy Bean

Principal – HPCS Homeschool Guild

nancy.bean@heritagepeak.org

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May 2018 

Happy May! With the end of the school year approaching, we are finalizing our scholastic endeavors – unless, you, like many other families, keep the learning going all year round! We are looking forward to days at the beach, camping, family Summer plans and more…. What better way to say Welcome to Summer than our end of year family potluck picnic? Please join us at McKinley Park on Friday, May 19th for a celebratory gathering. We will have Summer inspired activities, food, and conversation. We are looking forward to seeing our homeschool families at the park!

Congratulations to our graduates! Graduation will take take place on Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m.at McClellan Conference Center.  Details have been shared with the families of our graduating seniors. We look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments!

Save the date for two events in the 2018-2019 school year. We will, once again, be hosting a shopping day at A Brighter Child on Tuesday, August 7th. We will also be hosting a Not Back to School Day & Vendor Fair on Monday, August 13th. More details will be shared prior to the events.

April 2018

It is hard to believe but we are in the last stretch of the 2017-2018 School Year! It seems that it was just yesterday that the idea of the Homeschool Guild began. We are thankful for the friends and memories we have shared so far this year and look forward to what the future may bring.

Remember the Homeschool Guild hosts park days monthly, on the third Thursday of the month. This month’s park will be Shasta Park in Sacramento. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Do not miss our end of year potluck at McKinley Park on Thursday, May 17th. We will be learning how to make balloon animals! We will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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We started this month with our outdoor science camp! It was an unforgettable experience for our campers in which they hiked, explored, and challenged themselves, all while making friends and spending time in nature! We are already making plans to return next school year,  we hope your child will join us.

High School Planning

Families with 8th and 9th grade students are invited to a High School Planning Session. This session will focus on:

  • High School graduation requirements
  • A-G requirements
  • CTE programs
  • Advanced education opportunities
  • College Preparation
  • and more!

When:  Thursday, April 5th – 6 p.m.

Where:  Broadway Resource Center – 3301 Broadway Sacramento, 95817

Please RSVP to our counselor at: ssmith@heritagepeak.org

CAASPP Testing

CAASPP Testing will be taking place in April. We have three sites for you to choose and different time slots available.

Students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7: Please sign up for two test sessions – one for Language Arts and one for Math.

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11: Please sign up for three test sessions – one for Language Arts, one for Math, and one for Science.

Students in grade 12: Please sign up for one test session – 12th graders will only take Science.

You can sign up by following this link: CAASPP Testing

February 2018

Happy February! The Spring semester is underway and we are excited for the weather to change and for Spring to bloom! Let’s get exploring — Some of our students will be spending a few days in the Bay Area at the Alliance Redwoods Outdoor Science Camp next month, and others still will get to discover life in the Bay at our Marine Science Institute Discovery Voyage in April – if you did not sign up for either of these experiences, make sure you take your family out and explore on your own, our area is full of fantastic places to discover and make your own… a few suggestions: Lake Natomas, Folsom Lake, The Arboretum at UC Davis, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Splash Vernal Pools, Stone Lakes Natural Wildlife Refuge. Do you have any favorite places to welcome Spring in your family? Please share them with us!